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  1. Physician viewpoint: US must shift mindset, use tech to avoid ventilator shortage during the coronavirus pandemic

    As COVID-19 continues to spread across the country, the U.S. will need to immediately solve three key issues to avoid a massive ventilator shortage: ventilator production, distribution and operation, according to Daniel Horn, MD. 
  2. FDA warns of EpiPen safety issues

    The FDA sent out a warning March 24 about issues with EpiPen auto-injectors that may prevent proper injection. 
  3. Walmart nearly criminally charged over opioid prescriptions, report finds

    Federal prosecutors attempted to criminally charge Walmart in 2018 for allegedly violating the Controlled Substances Act, according to an investigation by ProPublica. 

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  1. WHO thwarts multiple ransomware attempts

    The World Health Organization has seen an influx of unsuccessful hacking attempts, the agency’s information security chief told The Wall Street Journal.
  2. Coronavirus March 25: AHA urges patients to #StayHome & 14 notes from physicians, hospitals

    The American Medical Association, American Hospital Association and American Nursing Association issued an open letter to U.S. residents, urging them to #StayHome. 
  3. AMA seeks open visa processing for international physicians amid pandemic

    The American Medical Association is calling on the U.S. State Department to expand the physician workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic by opening visa processing for international physicians.
  4. What hospitals can and can't share with first responders about COVID-19 patients

    Hospitals may share a limited amount of protected health information about patients who have been diagnosed or exposed to COVID-19 with law enforcement, paramedics and other first responders, according to new guidelines released March 24 by the Office for Civil Rights.

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  1. Telehealth visits up 312% in New York, causing major lag times

    Telehealth services have seen a 312 percent increase in demand from New York patients amid the coronavirus outbreak, Amwell spokesperson Holly Spring told CNBC News.
  2. 4 more state pharmacy boards join Ohio in curbing prescriptions for experimental COVID-19 drugs

    Four more state pharmacy boards have followed Ohio's lead and taken steps to block pharmacists from excessively dispensing two drugs touted as possible COVID-19 treatments, as both drugs are already in shortage. 
  3. Suburban Chicago hospital will reopen to house coronavirus patients

    A hospital in Blue Island, Ill., will reopen and be used for quarantining people who have tested positive for or been exposed to COVID-19, according to the Chicago Tribune. 
  4. Uninsured woman hopes Medicaid will retroactively cover $34,900 COVID-19 bill

    An uninsured Boston-area woman was billed more than $34,900 for testing and treatment related to COVID-19, and hopes Medicaid will retroactively cover the expenses, according to Time.

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  1. White House, Senate reach deal on $2 trillion coronavirus relief plan

    The White House and Senate leaders reached a deal early March 25 on a $2 trillion COVID-19 spending bill, according to CNBC. 
  2. Senate agrees on $2 trillion aid deal; FEMA secures 60K tests without wartime law & 7 other COVID-19 updates

    The U.S. COVID-19 death toll jumped more than 300 in one day, from 492 deaths as of 11:30 a.m. CDT, March 24 to 802 as of 10 a.m. CDT, March 25. Nationwide, 55,243 American cases have been reported. 
  3. Top 12 pharmacy graduate schools, ranked by US News

    As part of its 2020 best health school rankings, U.S. News & World Report has identified the top 12 pharmacy schools in the U.S. 
  4. Ex-St. Louis hospital CEO says he was fired for proactive coronavirus response

    A bankruptcy trustee managing St. Alexius Hospital in St. Louis has fired the hospital's CEO, Sonny Saggar, MD, who had been at the helm for roughly one month, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 
  5. NYU medical school allowing students to graduate early to fight COVID-19

    New York University's medical school is making the unprecedented move of allowing students to graduate a few months early to join the battle against COVID-19, according to New York Daily News.
  6. Kaiser cancels $900M headquarters project

    Kaiser Permanente has scrapped plans to build a new $900 million office tower in Oakland, Calif., according to the San Francisco Chronicle. 
  7. Meadville Medical Center furloughs 225+ employees to ensure financial stability

    Meadville (Pa.) Medical Center has furloughed more than 200 employees to ensure the hospital's financial stability, according to The Meadville Tribune. 
  8. Hackensack Meridian licenses COVID-19 diagnostic test for broader use

    A diagnostic tool for rapid COVID-19 testing developed by Hackensack (N.J.) Meridian Health's Center for Discovery and Innovation will now be available to other health systems through a licensing agreement announced March 24.
  9. HHS awards $100M to health centers for COVID-19 response, California gets the most at $13.8M

    HHS awarded $100 million to healthcare centers across the nation to be used for increased medical supplies, testing and telehealth needs related to the coronavirus response.

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